Lone Peak girls soccer rallies for injured teammate, blasts Skyridge
The top team in the state, however, had to deal with some difficult news.
Lone Peak found out that senior star Camryn Jorgensen (16 goals, 15 assists in 29 games as a Knight) wouldn’t be able to play for the rest of the year.
“It’s been kind of emotional, realizing that Cam (Jorgensen) is unfortunately done for the season,” Lone Peak head coach Shantel Jolley said. “She actually started to complain about it after the Westlake game, so she’s actually been playing in quite a bit of pain these last few games. Now they says it’s her Lizfranc ligament in her foot.”
That was tough news for the No. 1-ranked Knights as they prepared for what appeared to be their biggest challenge of the season, playing at No. 3-ranked Skyridge on Thursday.
“Cam is an amazing player,” Knight senior defender Tatum Frazier said. “We’re trying not to be sad about it and not let it bring us down. We’re trying to make it motivate us because that could be any of us. Any of these games could be our last game, so we have to make the most of the opportunities that we have.”
Frazier said the Lone Peak players chose to write Jorgensen’s number on their legs to honor their injured teammate — and then the Knights went out and dominated the Falcons, getting a 4-0 win on the road.
“We all knew we had to put in 100% to win because they’ve had a winning streak and we’ve had a winning streak,” Frazier said. “We knew it would be a good game. We needed to just grind in practice, do our best and just put it all on the field. I think we did well today.”
Tatum played a huge role in the win at both ends of the field, controlling the action and getting to balls in the air on defense while also getting involved on offense.
“Tatum’s been awesome,” Jolley said. “She was out for a few games with a concussion, so it’s taken her a little while to get back but I think she’s back in her stride now. It’s good to see her play like herself.”
Tatum was thrilled about getting her first goal of the year, although she admitted it took a little bit of luck.
With Lone Peak leading 1-0 (thanks to a great combination play from senior Lacy Fox to senior Kate Denney), the Knights earned a free kick near midfield in the 27th minute.
Frazier stepped up and lofted a great dipping ball that somehow managed to bounce off the turf and go perfectly into the top right corner of the net.
“I do not know how that went in,” Frazier said. “I think it was because all the team was just crashing and everyone’s just confused. I can’t take credit for it because the whole team helps cause that chaos. I was happy because it’s my first this season.”
After a goal before halftime by Lone Peak freshman Bella Devey made it a 3-0 game, Frazier made the most of another chance to end the scoring.
She placed a corner kick almost perfectly at the far post, where players from both teams battled for it and it ended up ricocheting into the net.
“It’s in the set plays that I get my goals, so I like taking those moments,” Frazier said. “It’s a good feeling and I like feeling like I’m helping, so that was awesome.”
On the other side, Skyridge head coach Toby Peterson said his girls got a painful lesson in where they need to be better if they want to be on the same level as Lone Peak.
“We learned that they’re fast, and they’re really good off the ball,” Peterson said. “We also learn that we’ve got to be faster at stepping up, so we don’t give them time to do what they did to us. They passed circles around us. That’s a good lesson for us to learn but we can’t let this define our season.”
Lone Peak (10-0, 5-0) will look to remain unbeaten when it plays at Corner Canyon on Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m., while Skyridge (7-3, 4-1) hopes to rebound when it goes to Westlake the same day for a 7 p.m. contest.